My Bumpy Start with Storify

I spent my whole afternoon toying with Storify after hearing alot about it. Let me share my initial experience with it and you can consider if it is something for you.

Firstly, if you know nothing about Storify as a curation tool, just check out this video below. It is a good introduction to some of the more commonly used tools.

Now, i personally feel that Storify cannot be used alone as a curation tool because it does not do a very good job at aggregation which is the most important step before curation can be done. If you have no idea what i am talking about, you can read more about content aggregation and curation here. Storify allows you to search for content across various social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. This is very useful if you are looking for hot trending news or topics on social media.

You can practically drag those related tweets, Facebook posts and youtube videos onto the board and annotate it. Hence, i would say that Storify is cool if you want to create an end product that aims to tell a story by “joining-the-dots” through the use of social media content.

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If you are looking to create something that is slightly more content heavy, or domains that requires more expert opinions, i find Storify a little frustrating to use in that aspect. For instance, i was attempting to create a collection of content to explain what “produsage” is. Unfortunately, i could not find any substantial content on Facebook or Twitter such as the definition of “prousage” and examples. An attempt to search for that term using the google search engine in Storify returned zero results for reasons unknown to me.

Screen Shot 2017-07-16 at 12.55.25 AMFor content that you are not able to find on the search tools located at the right, you will have to manually copy the URL and paste them in using the tool provided.

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With much difficulties, i managed to put together a short collection of resources on “produsage” using Storify. Feel free to take a look at it here.

Having said that, i can imagine using Storify as a knowledge management tool where i am able to consolidate and annotated articles and videos about a topic of my interest over a long period of time. For instance, if i am interested in microblogging, i can create a story on “microblogging”, consolidate all the good articles aggregated by my Feedly and let the content on “microblogging” grow over time. Another good way to use Storify is to track and monitor events or news as they unfold. For instance, if i am interested in the buy out of Whole Foods by Amazon, i can create a storyboard for that and simply add articles and comments regarding that to Storify as the acquisition unfolds over time.

The other issue i had with Storify was it can only curate content from social media sites. In order words, i am not able to retrieve content from blogs and websites directly. This is an issue for me as a number of thought leaders or communities i follow on instructional design communicate via blog posts and articles. What this means is that Storify returns a huge number of results from sources which i may find to be less authoritative and i have to spend time filtering through them. However, it does allow you to search for content from your added Twitter or Facebook contacts only to minimize search results. Hence, if the source of information that you work with primarily comes from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Storify will work well.

I am new to Storify and my experience may not be accurate as there may be functions that could address the problems that i faced above which i am not aware of. However, if a new user and potential customer is unable to experience the full capability of Storify after trying it out for half a day, it is likely that other users who are trying to figure out what Storify can do for them would feel the same way as well.


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